|Red Phalarope at Wissahickon Waterfowl Preserve. Acrylic painting by Ken Januski. Copyright 2021 by Ken Januski.|
I sometimes confuse myself by switching media and perhaps styles so I wouldn't be surprised if I also confuse others. I can only say that it always makes sense to me when I do so.
|Red Knots and Laughing Gulls. Moku Hanga by Ken Januski. Copyright 2021 by Ken Januski|
Because printmaking is less spontaneous than painting, especially for someone like me who has spent more years as a painter than a printmaker, I also need a better idea of the structure, or perhaps the image, of a print before I start working on it. I can't just put back all the wood I've carved away when I've made a mistake. In painting, at least acrylic or oil painting, I can just paint right over any mistakes I've made. You can't do this in watercolor.
|Digital sketch of Red Phalarope. Copyright 2021 by Ken Januski|
Unless, that is you make a digital sketch, painting, watercolor! I bought an i-pad about 6 months or so ago because I just got sick of the constant slowness of my windows pc. I'm not sure of the cause but I suspect part of it is all that is being done behind the scenes to keep it secure. I could be wrong. Either way I bought an i-pad. And because I've learned that with computers it's often best to buy what you need at the start I also bought an i-pencil. I had no specific plans for using it. The graphic styluses and software programs I used in the distant past drove me nuts.
|Red Phalarope, Spotted Sandpiper, Green Heron and Belted Kingfisher at Wissahickon Waterfowl Preserve. Digital Painting by Ken Januski. Copyright 2021 by Ken Januski|
Above is the first digital painting I've ever done. Unlike Hockney I don't have any color printer let alone a huge one. So I can't print this out. It only lives on a screen. There is much to dislike about this. People spend too much time in front of screens as is. There is also the brighter than life luminosity of anything seen on a screen. BUT it was astonishing how easy I found it to make changes. Like Hockney I found that using layers made things much easier for me. Extraordinarily easier. I could make changes right and left, forward and backwards, upside down and right side up.
|Whimbrels at 2-Mile Landing. Moku Hanga print. Copyright 2021 by Ken Januski.|
Sometimes I try to move from one medium to another without realizing that it might not be easy to do without major changes. This and the other moku hanga print above I'm happy to say are going once again to be in the annual exhibit of The Society of Wildlife Artists at the Mall Galleries in London. This is a link to an online gallery of much of the work, including mine, https://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/natural-eye-2021.